Announced: $3k Mac Pro, retina iPad Mini, iPad Air, and OS X free-of-charge


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#2

I am always super excited by these announcement events… But then I realize that really? I can’t justify the expense. Which makes me sad, because I really, really want to be able to justify it. :slight_smile:


#3

Well then. Nice gear.


#4

The biggest thing I am getting out of this is that there will apparently be no more operating systems named after big cats. Oh well.

“Maverick” isn’t a word I would typically associate with safety and stability.


#5

To be fair, neither is “lion”.


#6

The naming convention for MacOS X has changed from “cats” to “Unique locations in California dear to the hearts of Apple employees in Cupertino.” Mavericks is a famous surfing location, named after dog…

So… from Cats to Dogs.


#7

I can’t either, but I’m still kind of excited because I need a Mac Pro and this might help drive down the cost of older models.


#8

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OS X Mavericks is available free of charge[/quote]

I will take interest in OSX Mavericks when it comes free as in freedom, though I suspect that makes me an unliklely Apple customer.


#9

From the iPad announcement: “you’ll have your choice of silver, white, grey and black color options”.

As if any of those are colors.


#10

And interestingly, at least on the Canadian store, only grey and silver are being shown currently.


#11

Given that the original iMac was “Bondi Blue”, after Bondi Beach in Australia, very apropos.


#12

Actually, it’s “silver and white” and “grey and black.” And some people will be annoyed that there is no “champagne (gold)” color option.


#13

Apple participates a lot in Open Source. You probably knew that, though.

Unrelated: iLife and iWork are moving to “free as in cost”/“freemium” models, as well.


#14

The new MacBook Pro actually has me considering an Apple product. They seem to be the only lightweight + long battery-life laptops that still provide a 16:10 aspect ratio. I’ve tried 16:9 displays, and it’s just not enough vertical space (from a code editing perspective).


#15

Get a Chromebook Pixel! Forget 16:9, 3:2 is where it’s at!


#16

Really nice specs on the Mac. For quite a long time I’ve roasted Apple for the premium they charge on their unremarkable hardware. Looks like I’ll have to relent at least a little bit.


#17

Same for the other big cats. :wink:


#18

I still think “free as in cost” is too high a price to pay. I’ll pay good money for the privilege of using software that’s free as in freedom, but luck has it I don’t have to.


#19

It’s not Maverick, it’s “Mavericks” as in the California surfing location. They’ve switched to California locations. I think it was Ars Technica that suggested the name might have been picked as an in-joke on the release “conservative” stance, at at time when its iOS sibling is making a big transition – like when they named Cheetah (fastest big cat) the slowest OSX release of the bunch.


#20

How exactly? I only know of WebKit (when they sort of ripped off KHTML, and then re-released the code mostly because they were bound by the license) and the Darwin kernel (which is a bit pointless, without the graphic libs). I’m sure there are more projects they’re involved in, I just don’t know them; do you know any?

As an old Linux user who moved to OSX a couple of years ago, I can thank them for their choice of kernel making it easier for the FOSS community to work with good hardware running a POSIX system, but I don’t see them as big movers in that space.